A ques­tion of bal­ance

Classic Bike (UK) - - RICK'S FIXES -

David Read emailed to say that af­ter over­haul­ing the clutch on his Tri­umph T160 re­cently, he put it back to­gether un­aware that it was sup­posed to be as­sem­bled pay­ing heed to fac­tory bal­anc­ing marks – there was noth­ing about it in the work­shop man­ual.

He says: ‘The moral of the story is to check fo­rums and blogs be­fore you take the thing apart! But is it likely to be a dis­as­ter?’

I spoke to Phil Bargh at LP Wil­liams (01524 770956) who of­fer a bal­anc­ing ser­vice for triple clutches, and he told me the main rea­son peo­ple have a Tri­dent clutch bal­anced is that it’s been built up from mis­matched bits and pieces. The car-type Borg and Beck clutch is a heavy lump, but it all de­pends just how far out of bal­ance it is. David could be lucky...

He has de­cided to try it and see how it feels. If it turns out he needs it, LP Wil­liams of­fer their bal­anced clutch with new plates, etc as an ex­change unit for £305 plus VAT.

LEFT: T160’s car­type Borg and Beck clutch can throw its weight around

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